The aroma of freshly brewing coffee begins to fill the streets of Charleston as the sun rises from cozy cafés, bustling coffee bars, and sleek hotels. The South Carolina city is packed with fantastic little spots to grab a great cup of coffee from the market to the marinas, offering locally-sourced and globally-inspired coffee from around the world. Some parts of the city boast a coffee shop at least every block or two, so you won’t be hard-pressed to find your favorite cup of java. From quaint cafes to bustling artisanal beer and coffee joints, here are some of Charleston’s coolest coffee shops.
1.Bitty and Beau’s Coffee
Bitty & Beau’s Coffee offers a unique and heartwarming coffee experience. Named after owner and entrepreneur Amy Wright’s two Down syndrome children, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is a warm and welcoming shop that is run by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Established to help people with such limitations and to change the way people value each other, the coffee shop serves a variety of locally-sourced coffee, teas, and specialty drinks, along with light bites and pastries, and a range of merchandise, gifts, and souvenirs. Bitty & Beau’s Coffee has three locations around the state and is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
159 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-609-0455
2.Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer
Originally opened as a shop focusing exclusively on African coffees and goods, Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer has become a gathering spot for creative coffee and craft beer lovers who come to enjoy the laid-back vibe and listen to live music on the large beautiful outdoor patio. The long-time Vanderhorst Street coffee and sandwich shop offers a variety of globally-sourced coffee and espresso beverages prepared on a La Marzocco FB80, along with gourmet sandwiches, croissants and muffins, and a small beer bar selection of 20 local or regional beers on tap.
4 Vanderhorst Street, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-853-7186
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Owned by Robbie Dietrich, the brainchild behind Charleston Cup Coffee, Tricera is a casual coffee shop on George Street in downtown Charleston that has fast become a favorite gathering spot for students from the nearby College of Charleston. The triceratops-themed café serves a variety of regular coffees from americanos and cappuccinos to cafe latte, au laits, and macchiatos, along with signature sips like the saffron latte. The café also serves a menu of light fare such as bagel sandwiches, sweet and savory waffles, breakfast burritos with chili sauce, and innovative bites like donut burgers. Tricera is open for beverages, bites, and afternoon treats, daily.
41 George St, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-297-8685
4.Caviar & Bananas
Caviar & Bananas is a gourmet market and café that serves market-driven, farm-to-table fare for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Founded in 2008 in downtown Charleston, the stylish restaurant and coffee now has several locations and serves healthy and delicious food made with locally sourced ingredients and regional produce. Menus feature fresh salads and sandwiches, charcuterie and cheese boards, and freshly baked pastries, cookies, and sweet treats, while the market sells ready-made meals, gourmet sandwiches, chocolates, dried fruit, nuts and candies, and imported foods. The bar serves a variety of house-roasted coffee and tea, along with casual wines and craft beers. Caviar & Bananas is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
51 George St, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-577-7757
5.Charleston Coffee Exchange
Located in the West Ashley neighborhood, the Charleston Coffee Exchange has been roasting and serving premium coffee since 2006. Owned by Paul and Melissa Kelly, the coffee shop is a popular gathering spot for the community to enjoy great coffee, fresh fare, and good conversation in a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere. The Charleston Coffee Exchange also roasts their signature and premium coffee blends in-house using hand-selected coffee beans from farmers all over the world and distributes them to coffee shops, hotels, and stores around the city. Charleston Coffee Exchange Coffee is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
2875 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414, Phone: 843-571-5875
6.City Lights Coffee
City Lights Coffee is a comfy old-school coffee house on Market Street with well-worn furniture, local artworks on the walls, an inviting espresso bar, and a cozy, inviting atmosphere in which to savor excellent coffee. The arty hangout serves excellent coffee and espresso drinks using Counter Culture beans, along with a range of light bites and vegan, gluten-free muffins, and offers free, reliable wires Internet, which attracts a hipster work crowd. The laid-back spot hosts jam sessions throughout the week and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
141 Market Street, Charleston, SC, Phone: 843-853-7067
7.East Bay Meeting House
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Tucked away in the heart of Charleston's French Quarter, the East Bay Meeting House is a quaint Parisian-inspired café that blends stylish European café culture with classic Southern hospitality. Open daily for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner; the restaurant serves all-day house-roasted coffee and light fare, along with Spanish tapas, comforting entrées, casual wines, and craft beers and handcrafted cocktails from a full cocktail bar. Guests can enjoy traditional European afternoon tea and live poetry readings and music in the evenings, and a selection of mouthwatering desserts offer a sweet treat. The East Bay Meeting House is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, daily.
160 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-723-3446
8.Highfalutin Coffee Roasters
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Coffee drinks made from house-roasted beans plus snacks in a relaxed environment.
27 Magnolia Rd, Charleston, SC 29407, Phone: 843-501-7859
Conveniently located close to the Charleston City Market, Kaminsky’s is a dessert-lover’s paradise. Open from midday to late every day, Kaminsky's is renowned for serving a mouthwatering selection of delectable desserts that are made fresh and from scratch every day. Talented pastry chefs produce a changing selection of treats ranging from classic childhood desserts and over-the-top specialties to handmade cakes, feather-light pastries, and pies by the slice. The menu also features Kaminsky's Dessert Martinis, signature hot spirited specialties, milkshakes, floats, ice cream, and cobblers, as well as a selection of global wines, craft beers, and liquors.
78 N. Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-853-8270
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10.Mercantile and Mash
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Mercantile and Mash is a gourmet food emporium located in the Cigar Factory on East Bay Street. The new age concept boasts a unique combination of a food hall (Mercantile) that offers homemade sandwiches, freshly baked goods, handmade pasta, local and imported culinary items, and freshly brewed coffee, and a full-service whiskey bar (Mash). Mercantile serves breakfast, lunch, and early dinner with breakfast offerings ranging from house-made granola and yogurt, toasted oats and stoneground white grits to frittatas, salmon, and cream cheese, huevos wraps, and spicy chicken biscuits. The Merc also offers a variety of grab-and-go items, along with freshly brewed coffee and other hot beverages.
701 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-793-2636
11.Metto Coffee & Tea
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Metto Coffee & Tea is a bright, cozy café with comfortable seating that serves freshly brewed coffee and tea and a selection of light fare. Located in Mount Pleasant, the small, hip restaurant serves a menu of traditional coffee options, including ground-to-order pour-over cups, cold brews, and espresso drinks with vegan-friendly nut milk. The café also offers a good selection of organic, vegan and gluten-free light meals and snacks such as made-from-scratch pastries, muffins, and homemade quiche. Metto Coffee & Tea also has a drive-through window for a quick on-the-go cuppa. Metto Coffee & Tea is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
354 W Coleman Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, Phone: 843-216-8832
12.Muddy Waters Coffee Bar
Located off the Maybank highway, Muddy Waters Coffee Bar is an arty, relaxed neighborhood coffee bar adorned with eclectic artworks that draw locals from both James and John Islands for fantastic coffee. The warm and welcoming café offers a range of small-batch coffee, including classic espresso drinks, Americanos, and signature selections like Lavender Honey Lattes. The coffee shop also serves a variety of freshly baked goods, and light pastries and has plenty of seating and free wireless Internet, and is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, daily.
1739 Maybank Hwy W, Charleston, SC 29412, Phone: 843-795-0848
13.Notes Curbside Coffees - Mobile Coffee Shop
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Notes Curbside Coffees is a mobile coffee shop and food truck that serves freshly brewed, house-roasted coffee made with beans from Lowcountry Coffee Roasters, using organic and fair-trade beans in every batch. The little vehicle is built in the shape of a large red coffee mug and travels around the city, serving steaming cups of java to coffee-lovers from americanos and cappuccinos to cafe latte, au laits, and macchiatos. The menu also boasts signature lattes and iced teas, all of which are served to take enjoy on-the-go.
1038 Jenkins Rd Suite 104, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-367-0966
14.Orange Spot Coffeehouse
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The Orange Spot Coffeehouse is a casual café in North Charleston’s Park Circle that serves freshly roasted coffee made with beans from ThirtyThirty Coffee, Thai iced tea, and freshly baked pastries from Wildflour Bakery in an inviting, laid-back atmosphere. The coffee-centric café boasts comfortable indoor and outdoor seating for relaxing over a cup of java and a sweet pastry or using the restaurant as a mobile office with free wireless Internet available. A full espresso bar offers a range of specialty drinks with various milk options, and the signature Cha Yen (Thai tea) is a popular choice with locals and visitors alike.
1011 E Montague Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405, Phone: 843-637-4504
15.Second State Coffee
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Formerly known as Black Tap Coffee, Second State Coffee is a sunlight-filled caffeine emporium with minimalist-chic décor, communal tables, window-bar seating, and a sleek, sophisticated atmosphere. The café is a popular gathering spot for creatives, digital nomads, and hipsters who sip innovative lattes – think lavender and brown sugar options – and out-of-this-world pour-over brews. In addition to regular coffee and tea, there are also specialty drinks, cold beers and light snacks available, which can be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, daily.
70.5 Beaufain Street, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-793-4402
The Daily is a friendly neighborhood marketplace that serves home-roasted coffee, freshly baked bread, pastries, and sweet desserts, healthy smoothies, hearty breakfasts, and variety of grab-and-go provisions. The bistro serves a menu of favorite items inspired and created with the most exceptional flavors in Charleston, including breakfast bites like sausage biscuits, English bacon muffins, vegetable hash, breakfast pitas, roasted hatch chile tacos, and seasonal quiche. A variety of toasts with toppings such as avocado, mushrooms, whipped feta, smoked salmon and cream cheese, and soft scrambled eggs is also on offer for breakfast or brunch.
652 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-619-0151
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17.The Daily at the Gibbes Museum
The Daily at the Gibbes Museum of Art is an on-location café concept and collaboration between the museum and the Butcher & Bee team behind The Daily that serves house-roasted and freshly brewed Stumptown coffee and espressos, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and craft beers and casual wines. Serving a curated menu of farm-to-table fare for breakfast, lunch, and on-the-go snacks, such as gourmet sandwiches, homemade soups, fresh salads, mezze platters, and sweet pastries from award-winning chef Cynthia Wong. The café has stylish interiors with comfortable tables and chairs, and lovely outdoor seating and is open for beverages, bites, and afternoon treats, daily.
135 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-779-0550
18.Vintage Coffee & Cafe
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Located in Mount Pleasant, Vintage Coffee & Cafe is a quaint spot on Simmons Street that serves breakfast and lunch options, a selection of tapas in the evenings, and a classic toast bar. Opened by mobile pizza kitchen Coastal Crust's owner Brian Piesner, the delightful space serves sophisticated breakfast plates of acai bowls, oven-roasted tomato tarts, seasonal quiches, wood-fired oyster mushroom pies, and a range of mouthwatering toasts like prosciutto with brie and fig jam. An old truck play structure can be found at the back to entertain the kids. Vintage Coffee & Cafe is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, daily.
219 Simmons St, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, Phone: 843-352-7552
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19.Brown Fox Coffee Co.
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Brown Fox Coffee Co. is a casual coffee shop owned by coffee fanatic Biz Foxworth that had humble beginnings in an enclosed 16-foot trailer and is now a popular walk-up café on Simmons Street in Mt. Pleasant. Committed to serving top quality coffee, the café offers a range of global coffee made with beans such including Costa Rica La Amistad, Oku Mountain Ebony, Southern Pecan, Toasted Macaroon, and To-Go Joe. Specialty beverages range from Mexican Fox Mocha Latte and Chia Tea Latte to Raspberry White Latte, White Chocolate Latte, and Zebra Latte, and other drinks include iced coffee and tea, smoothies and fruit juices. A small selection of freshly baked pastries is also available, and the walk-up café is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
307 Simmons St, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, Phone: 843-520-9849
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20.The Harbinger Cafe & Bakery
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Located on upper King Street in North Central, the Harbinger Café & Bakery is a bright, charming café and bakery that serves handcrafted, health-conscious breakfast and lunch fare and signature coffees from Methodical of Greenville in an effervescent atmosphere. The buzzy, bustling spot is owned by Greer Gilchrist and Cameron Neal and offers a market-driven menu of fresh salad bowls, gourmet sandwiches, freshly baked pastries, and sweet treats. Signature plates include herb-filled frittata, pimento cheese, and pickled jalapeños sandwiches, and toasted nut butter sandwiches, and there are both plant-based and gluten-free options on the menu. The Harbinger Café & Bakery is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
1107 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-637-3410
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21.Coastal Coffee Roasters, Inc.
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Located in Downtown Summerville, Coastal Coffee Roasters is a family-owned and operated roastery and coffee shop that has been micro-roasting organic specialty coffees for the past ten years. Using a creative, locally roasted process to brew top-quality, small-batch fresh, organic coffee, Coastal Coffee Roasters sells their own brand of coffee, as well as serves a range of standard coffees and specialty coffee drinks, hot and cold brews, and fresh pastries and light fare in the café. Coastal Coffee Roasters is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Saturday.
108 E 3rd N St, Summerville, SC 29483, Phone: 843-376-4559
22.Pounce Cat Cafe and Wine Bar
Cat-lovers will delight in this half wine bar, half adoption center, and cozy lounge where freshly brewed coffee or tea can be sipped, craft beers and wines can be enjoyed, and delicious pastries snacked on while cuddling little kittens and purring cats. Pounce Cat Cafe + Wine Bar is a unique concept that combines great coffee and food with adorable feline friends in a warm and welcoming atmosphere and provides guests with the option of adopting one of the furry residents after their coffee. The cozy, community café teams up with the Charleston Animal Society who provide the café with the feline friends and handle all adoptions. Pounce Cat Cafe + Wine Bar is open for lunch and dinner daily.
283 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-212-5500
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23.Maison Cafe at Grand Bohemian Charleston
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Based at the luxurious Grand Bohemian hotel in Charleston, Maison Café is an elegant café that serves casual breakfast and lunch options, and authentic Starbucks coffee in a charmingly refined coffee house ambiance. The restaurant has a lovely dining space where guests can relax over top-quality coffee and espresso drinks, loose-leaf teas from around the world, and freshly squeezed fruit juices, along with a menu of from-scratch gourmet sandwiches and paninis and freshly baked pastries. A charming open-air patio with spectacular views is perfect for sipping morning macchiatos and traditional afternoon English tea and scones. Maison Café at the Grand Bohemian is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
55 Wentworth St #1, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-724-4128
24.Brown's Court Bakery
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Brown’s Court Bakery is a charming, bi-level café on St. Philip Street that serves a vast assortment fresh-baked bread, pastries, and specialty confections, along with house-roasted coffee. Nestled in a charming historic house built in the 1800s, the bakery, and coffee shop is a popular neighborhood spot that harkens back to the original Browns Court structures that once stood in the area. The daily menu features a variety of fresh bread, ranging from French bread, flatbreads, and challah to bagels, brioche, and multigrain baguettes, while sweet treats include cakes, cookies, muffins, sticky buns, cinnamon rolls, and chocolate brioche. Brown’s Court Bakery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
199 St Philip St, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-724-0833
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25.Corner House Cafe
Located in the heart of The Commons on the corner of Bigley and Westmoreland, the Corner House Café is a cozy is a neighborhood café where both locals and visitors gather for good coffee, delicious food, and great conversation. The coffee shop serves local Coastal Coffee Roasters’ custom roasts, made-from-scratch fare using locally-sourced ingredients, freshly baked pastries, and a selection of rotating craft beers. The Corner House Café exudes an inviting, laid-back ambiance and is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday.
700-798 Brawley Walkway, Charleston, WV 25301, Phone: 304-345-2703
25 Best Charleston, SC Coffee Shops
- Bitty and Beau’s Coffee, Photo: jajam_e/stock.adobe.com
- Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer, Photo: alekosa/stock.adobe.com
- Tricera Coffee, Photo: Tricera Coffee
- Caviar & Bananas, Photo: Arnut/stock.adobe.com
- Charleston Coffee Exchange, Photo: Lek/stock.adobe.com
- City Lights Coffee, Photo: kikovic/stock.adobe.com
- East Bay Meeting House, Photo: Colin & Linda McKie/stock.adobe.com
- Highfalutin Coffee Roasters, Photo: Farknot Architect/stock.adobe.com
- Kaminsky's, Photo: Kaminsky's
- Mercantile and Mash, Photo: Mercantile and Mash
- Metto Coffee & Tea, Photo: Metto Coffee & Tea
- Muddy Waters Coffee Bar, Photo: sergiymolchenko/stock.adobe.com
- Notes Curbside Coffees - Mobile Coffee Shop, Photo: Notes Curbside Coffees - Mobile Coffee Shop
- Orange Spot Coffeehouse, Photo: Orange Spot Coffeehouse
- Second State Coffee, Photo: Second State Coffee
- The Daily, Photo: Anna/stock.adobe.com
- The Daily at the Gibbes Museum, Photo: eshana_blue/stock.adobe.com
- Vintage Coffee & Cafe, Photo: Vintage Coffee & Cafe
- Brown Fox Coffee Co., Photo: Brown Fox Coffee Co.
- The Harbinger Cafe & Bakery, Photo: The Harbinger Cafe & Bakery
- Coastal Coffee Roasters, Inc., Photo: Coastal Coffee Roasters, Inc.
- Pounce Cat Cafe and Wine Bar, Photo: dimakp/stock.adobe.com
- Maison Cafe at Grand Bohemian Charleston, Photo: Maison Café at Grand Bohemian Charleston
- Brown's Court Bakery, Photo: Brown's Court Bakery
- Corner House Cafe, Photo: thaiview/stock.adobe.com
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